Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Floats’ help gather food for drive

February 16, 2011

A unique parade of “floats” made its way onto the basketball court Friday at McLouth High School.

The floats actually were grocery carts borrowed from McLouth’s Country Harvest Apple Market. Each MHS class decorated its respective cart and throughout the week filled the carts with cans of food.

It was a food drive contest that saw the winning class’s members being admitted to Friday’s King and Queen of Court dance for half price.

The junior class was the winning group, as it accumulated 124 cans. Second place went to the seniors, who collected 116 cans. The freshmen had 54 cans and sophomores 28 for a total of 327 cans.

The collected food will be donated to the First Baptist Church of McLouth’s food pantry.

Student council sponsor Sandy Walbridge said the drive was put together as a new spin on the winter event.

“This was our first time doing it, so we were kind of excited,” Walbridge said.

With no school Feb. 7, students had just four days to collect canned goods and decorate their respective carts. Walbridge said it was a pretty good assortment of food with just four days to collect. That’s the amount of time students had to decorate carts as well.

Students got creative with their carts, incorporating Cobras — the mascot of Friday’s opponent, Jackson Heights — into their decorating.

The senior class even constructed a large paper mache bulldog in honor of McLouth’s mascot that was placed atop its grocery cart.

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